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Released on December 1, 2021
Saskatchewan Housing Corporation (SHC) is transferring ownership of one of its buildings to All Nations Hope Network (ANHN), allowing the organization to expand the services offered through its Awasiw program.
Awasiw, operated by ANHN, is a 24-hour drop-in centre for individuals who are at-risk or experiencing homelessness. The centre also offers supports, services and programs to vulnerable Indigenous people, as well as a warming station. Awasiw will soon begin operating out of 2735 - 5th Avenue in Regina, a former commercial building owned by SHC.
"Transferring this building from SHC to All Nations Hope Network demonstrates our government's commitment to working with Indigenous organizations in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action," Social Services Minister and Minister Responsible for SHC Lori Carr said. "We appreciate the dedication of All Nations Hope Network as they work to support people in need through its unique and important programming. This expanded space will allow for the continued operation of its drop-in centre, as well as the critical support provided to people in need, for years to come."
All Nations Hope Network is one of the founders and long-standing partners of this project, which was built in 2007. The transfer of ownership of the building to ANHN aligns with Article 23 of the United Declaration of Rights of Indigenous People and the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action.
"All Nations Hope Network's greatest asset is an Indigenous approach that supports a stigma-free environment where we treat everyone who comes through our doors as our relatives," ANHN Director of Operations Lana Holinaty said. "Our services are grounded in culture and tradition and our solutions respond to the needs of the people that seek out the services of ANHN. Having access to this space is a substantial addition to the community that All Nations Hope works for. This additional space will allow ANHN to operate existing outreach services and programs in a larger space where we can better accommodate the people that walk through the doors of the Place of Hope or Awasiw."
ANHN has been in operation for more than 20 years and provides frontline services to Indigenous people who are living with or at risk of contracting HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis-C, addictions and/or mental health issues. ANHN offers regular testing services, as well as access to Elders, traditional medicines, naloxone kits, nutritious meals and more. Approximately 400 people per day receive service from ANHN and Awasiw and rely on the food security and safe space it provides to people of all ages and abilities.
For more information on the programs and services offered by ANHN, visit www.allnationshope.ca.
For more information, contact:Leya Moore
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